A city with two different faces, Pattaya will appeal to young and carefree people, who looking for bars and nightlife in this coastal destination, but it has also become a place where one can bring one’s family with its attractions and many activities and fun to discover. If you like shopping, culture, temples, amusement parks, dining or nightlife, Pattaya has it all.
5 Best Places to Visit in Pattaya
• Wat Phra Yai
The Big Buddha of Wat Phra Yai Temple is one of the principal attractions in Pattaya due to its size, color and hilltop location. In addition to its huge Buddha statue, the location at the top of the hill offers some of the best views in the city. The Belvedere built on a rocky promontory will allow you to enjoy a panoramic view of almost the entire city and the bay shaped crescent. As for the 18 meters tall Big Buddha itself, this is the main attraction of this small temple located at the top of the hill. The hill is located between South Pattaya and Jomtien Beach.
• Walking Street
By day, Walking Street is like any other street, but it’s from its closure to traffic at 6 pm that it begins to come to life. Walking Street is probably the most famous street in Pattaya. It is a hotspot for nightlife and one of the captivating attractions in Pattaya. Every night, the streets, as well as all of its bars, restaurants, clubs, and discotheques, are filled with foreign tourists as well as Thai nationals. Start your evening with a good meal at a seafood restaurant, then head to a beer bar before choosing where you want to spend the rest of the night. There are concerts, sports broadcasts, and discos in plenty.
• Coral Island
The Coral Island is a small island officially called Ko Lan and is 7.5 kilometers off the coast of Pattaya and it is one of the mesmerizing attractions in Pattaya. If you want to spend some time out of the city, Coral Island is the place to go. It’s quieter and the beaches are cleaner and more attractive than those in Pattaya. It’s a place where you could have a great day relaxing on the beach, swimming in the clear waters or enjoying all the fun water activities. You have a choice of different beaches, while the quaint little town has several local restaurants and shops where you can eat a tasty and affordable meal surrounded by locals.
• Sanctuary of Truth
The Sanctuary of Truth is one of the most stunning attractions in Pattaya. Despite the fact that this grand temple will not be completed until 2050, it is nevertheless a spectacular place to visit, generally listed as the first thing to do in Pattaya. The construction of this incredible temple began in 1981, so it is not a place you will visit for its historical value. However, its architectural value is quite different. The detail and know-how that characterize this temple built entirely of wood are simply breathtaking.
• The Pattaya Floating Market
You can easily spend a few hours wandering around the floating market of Pattaya strolling through the various stalls, most of which are on small boats that give the floating market its name, while others are inside the buildings located at waterside.